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Udeh leads Nigeria to victory over Rwanda in Kwibuka Women’s T20I with record-breaking performance

Lillian Udeh delivered an exceptional bowling performance, taking six wickets for just seven runs, as Nigeria secured a 32-run victory over Rwanda in the 2024 Kwibuka Women’s T20I tournament.

This impressive feat is now the third-best bowling figure in the tournament’s history.

Nigeria, captained by Favour Esiegbe, won the toss and chose to bat first, putting up a competitive total of 104 runs for five wickets. Key contributions came from Anointed Akhigbe, who scored 24 runs off 41 balls, and Piety Lucky, who remained unbeaten with 23 runs from 25 balls.

Rwanda, in response, struggled against the disciplined Nigerian bowling attack. Udeh’s phenomenal spell dismantled the Rwandan batting lineup, securing her the Player of the Match award. This victory marks Nigeria’s third win in the tournament, putting them level with Zimbabwe as they compete for the top positions.

Key Performances:

– Anointed Akhigbe: Provided stability at the top of the order with a patient 24 runs.
– Piety Lucky: Remained not out with 23 runs, ensuring Nigeria set a challenging target for Rwanda.
– Lillian Udeh: Took six wickets for just seven runs, turning the match decisively in Nigeria’s favor.

Post-Match Reactions:

Udeh’s teammates and cricket enthusiasts lauded her outstanding performance. “Lillian’s spell was a game-changer. She bowled with such precision and control, it was a delight to watch,” said Nigeria’s captain, Favour Esiegbe.

Upcoming Matches:

With this win, Nigeria is now tied with Zimbabwe on points. Both teams are gearing up for a crucial encounter as the race for the top two positions heats up. The Nigerian team is optimistic and motivated, aiming to continue their winning streak and secure a spot in the final.

The Kwibuka Women’s T20I tournament, organized by the Rwanda Cricket Association, serves as a memorial for the victims of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. This year’s edition, featuring teams like Zimbabwe, Malawi, Uganda, Botswana, Kenya, and Nigeria, promises intense competition and showcases the growing talent in women’s cricket across Africa.

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